provisory

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from proviso from Middle English, from the Middle Latin loose ablative proviso quid 'provided that'; notably from the first word, being the inflected past participle provisus of providere 'to provide, see to', itself from pro- + videre 'to see') + -ory

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provisory (comparative more provisory, superlative most provisory)

  1. containing a proviso
    The provisory clause effectively excluded his otherwise logical heirs from his main inheritance.
  2. dependent on a proviso or condition
    A provisory guarantee is rather like blackmail.
  3. temporary; pending something more permanent

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